Kirstin O'Connor

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Name: Kirstin O'Connor
Date registered: September 12, 2013

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  1. “Game On Day” For Pediatric Cancer — September 20, 2014
  2. Firefighters Standing By For Assistance — September 19, 2014
  3. Reuniting the Animals of Weed — September 19, 2014
  4. College of the Siskiyous Back in Session — September 18, 2014
  5. Insurance Tents for Boles Fire Victims — September 18, 2014

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

MEDFORD, Ore. -This month local healthcare facilities and childcare centers are raising awareness about childhood obesity. The Rogue Valley Family YMCA serves 1,300 to 1,500 kids every year. In the next few months the organization is starting some intensive programs to help educate kids and parents about the risks of childhood obesity. The YMCA said … Continue reading »

Local Response to Enterovirus Outbreak

MEDFORD, Ore. -Public health officials issued warnings about a severe respiratory illness doctors said could be a nationwide outbreak. Officials said hundreds of children across several states are coming down with enterovirus 68. In many cases it starts with common cold symptoms, but then rapidly worsens and forces kids to be hospitalized. “This virus certainly appears … Continue reading »

Mandatory Fire Evacuation Lifted

CORVALLIS, Ore. — All mandatory evacuations have been lifted in Northwest Corvallis, after a fire broke out Friday night. Neighbors say they saw smoke around 8:30 p.m. in the Chip Ross Park area, and by 9 p.m., the city was illuminated with a red glow. The smell of smoke filled streets throughout the entire city, … Continue reading »

Nut-Free Schools in Southern Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Research shows that food allergies are becoming increasingly common in children. It’s almost a hundred times more common to be diagnosed with a food allergy now, than it was 50 years ago — which means menus are changing for some kids, and for their parents packing sack lunches. A local allergist said the reason … Continue reading »

Nut-Free Schools: Part II

MEDFORD, Ore. – The first week of school can be nerve-racking for students, but it can also create panic for parents. “Play dates, or birthday parties make me really nervous,” said Medford mother, Megan Kirkpatrick. That’s a normal feeling for most parents who allow friends to supervise their kids. But some parents worry less about how kids behave, and more about … Continue reading »

No Labor Day Weekend Impacts on Rafting

SHADY COVE, Ore. — There are still many places and ways to enjoy the three day weekend and warm weather, but some raft rental stores say they expect a lull this weekend. Owners of raft and paddleboard rental shops in shady cove say the big wave of customers has already passed. They say that’s not … Continue reading »

Scooper Planes Force Lake Restrictions

LOST CREEK LAKE, Ore. – People living near the lake had a good view of planes skimming the water this week. That’s because Lost Creek Lake isn’t just being used as a vacation spot this Labor Day weekend, it’s also being used to help fight fires. The planes scooping water from the lake this week are a … Continue reading »

More Than 100 School District Hires

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District is gearing up for the first day of school, with more than 100 new employees. One of those is the new District Superintendent, Doctor Brian Shumate. He says there are about 120 new employees, and about 68 are new teachers. After the teacher strike left some parents and … Continue reading »

Citizens’ Review Opposes GMO Labeling

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The statewide debate about labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms might not end on the same side as the local elections. A recent citizens’ review polled 20 random voters for their recommendations on measures in the election this fall. The panel found that labels required by measure 92 would not give … Continue reading »

Medford Father Feels Napa Earthquake

CORDELIA, Calif. — A local father and his son felt the earthquake while they were spending the weekend in Northern California. Medford resident Shane Schmidt and his son are staying in a hotel in Cordelia, California before a trip abroad. Shane says he and his son woke up around 3-15 in the morning to the … Continue reading »

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